Author Archive for Msgr. Charles Pope

From “Lusted” to “Busted” – As Seen in a Subaru Commercial

Lust is one of the seven deadly sins and it leads to very serious sins and a whole host of problems. Sometimes it’s good to get “busted” (i.e., caught) before it goes too far. In the humorous video below, featuring (of all things) a family of dogs, the “father” finds his eye wandering where it should not and […] Read the rest of this entry »

Think on these things before you go to that porn site: An Appeal to Count the Personal Cost of Porn

We live in reductionist times, which is another way of saying that we live in times that have often cast aside the deeper, sacramental, and mysterious meaning of people and things. Many human beings reduce themselves and others to merely biological realities. Gone is the soul and the mysterious spark we call life. Gone is […] Read the rest of this entry »

What Are Our Pets Really Saying? Perhaps they express the longing of all creation.

I am often struck by the mystery of the relationship that dogs and cats have with their owners. While I realize that we humans do a lot of projecting of what we want their behavior to mean, it still remains a deeply mysterious reality to me how our pets come to “know” us and set up […] Read the rest of this entry »

What We Fear Controls Us – A Meditation on the “Eighth Deadly Sin”

What we fear controls us. Consider the following story. Trichloroethane, an aerosol propellant that was used in the spray cans of many household cleaners, is toxic when inhaled in large concentrations. Back in the 1980s, teenagers discovered that they could get high by spraying the cleaner into bags and breathing in the fumes. A  label on the can clearly […] Read the rest of this entry »

By breaking a wooden yoke, you forge an iron yoke! – A meditation on a saying by Jeremiah

There is a remarkable line in the first reading from Mass today (Monday of the 18th Week of the year) that is worthy of meditation for us all. It is a phrase that is practical, profound, and sweeping in its implications. It comes to us from the Lord through the mouth of Jeremiah the Prophet, […] Read the rest of this entry »

Reaping the Whirlwind File: Another awful story shows the dark side of IVF and Surrogate Motherhood

Jesus said, “What God has joined together, let no one divide.” But this is exactly what we have done in our divisive and reductionist time. We have done so not only with marriage but also with sexuality, procreation, and the raising of children. God has weaved together sex, marriage, and procreation. But we have separated and […] Read the rest of this entry »

It’s Easier to Wear Slippers than to Carpet the World – A Homily for the 18th Sunday of the Year

We have in today’s Gospel the very familiar miracle of the loaves and fish. One is tempted to say, “Oh that one…” and then tune out. But if we will accept it, the Gospel today contains a very personal appeal from the Lord’s lips to your (my) ears: “There is no need to dismiss the crowds; give them some […] Read the rest of this entry »

Rights bring responsibilities – As seen in a Subaru Commercial

One of the lost insights in our current age, which emphasizes rights, is that rights also bring with them responsibilities and expectations. If I am free to do something then I must also accept responsibility for what I do. Further, my freedom and ability to do something often means that others ask me to use my ability in […] Read the rest of this entry »

Does God Harden Human Hearts?

One of the more difficult biblical themes to understand is the concept of God hardening the hearts and minds of certain human beings. The most memorable case is that of Pharaoh wherein, before sending Moses to him, God said he would “harden Pharaoh’s heart” (Ex 4:21). But there are other instances in which biblical texts […] Read the rest of this entry »

Probably the strangest thing I’ve ever read. A refutation of the rant of a cultural radical.

A reader recently alerted me to a piece in Slate (an online magazine) that is so bizarre you might think it is a joke, an April Fools’ Day parody, or someone illustrating absurdity by being absurd. Yet as far as I can tell, the author means every word she says. I must say, I have never read anything […] Read the rest of this entry »

Mysteries Should be Appreciated and Lived More Than “Solved”

Today we tend to use the word “mystery” differently than in Christian antiquity, to which the Church is heir. We have discussed this notion on this blog before. In today’s brief post I’d like to review that idea and then add a new insight I gained recently from Fr. Francis Martin. As we have noted […] Read the rest of this entry »

Stained Glass and the Book of Revelation

Most Catholics are unaware of the fact that our traditional church buildings are based on designs given by God Himself. Their designs stretch all the way back to Mount Sinai, when God set forth the design for the sanctuary in the desert and the tent of meeting. Many of the fundamental aspects of our church […] Read the rest of this entry »